Mazandaran exports $ 2 million in crafts per year



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TEHRAN – Handicrafts worth more than two million dollars were exported from the northern province of Mazandaran in the previous Iranian calendar year 1399 (March 20, 2020 – March 21, 2021), the provincial chief said tourism.

However, the main obstacle to the export of handicrafts has been commercialization and the lack of a stable market, which, despite the remarkable output of the industry, is not very profitable, the CHTN said on Saturday citing Seifollah Farzaneh.

There appears to be a need to come up with innovative plans, new designs and capabilities to expand handicraft exports, the official added.

Meanwhile, artisans in the province earned 310 billion rials ($ 7.4 million at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) from domestic sales of crafts during the mentioned period, a- he explained.

With 14 entries, Iran ranks first in the world for the number of cities and towns recorded by the World Crafts Council, China with seven entries, Chile with four and India with three.

In January 2020, the cities of Shiraz, Malayer and Zanjan and the village of Qassemabad were nominated by the WCC-Asia-Pacific Region, bringing the number of world handicraft cities and villages in Iran from ten to 14.

Shiraz has been named the ‘World City of [diverse] Arts and crafts “. Malayer has become a global hub for wood carving and carved wood furniture. Zanjan has earned the title of “World City of Watermark”. And the village of Qassemabad, nationally known for its traditional costumes, has also been promoted to the rank of global handicraft hub. Chador Shab, a kind of homemade outerwear for women, was however the main subject of the WCC assessment for the village.

The value of Iranian handicrafts exports stood at $ 120 million in the first eleven months of the last Iranian calendar year 1399 (March 20, 2020 – February 18, 2021), Mehr reported. The country’s handicrafts exports have fallen in the months mentioned compared to the same period last year due to the damage the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on global trade.

The Islamic Republic exported handicrafts worth $ 427 million in the first eleven months of calendar year 1398. Of this figure, some $ 190 million was earned through the suitcase trade (cleared for transfers in duty and tax exemption) in 20 provinces, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

Ceramics, pottery, hand-woven fabrics as well as personal ornaments with precious and semi-precious stones are traditionally exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, USA, UK and other countries.

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